Mitch Walding

Labrum tear ends Walding’s season early

Mitch Walding has been held out of games since July 30th with a sore shoulder. On Wednesday he was diagnosed with a labrum tear in his shoulder which will end his season prematurely. Over the weekend, Walding had been designated for assignment and cleared waivers in a move that took him off of the 40-man roster.

The 26-year old has struggled this season both at the plate and in the field. In 90 games with Lehigh Valley, Walding is hitting just .206 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI. He has also made 11 errors at third base this season.

In short opportunities with the Phillies over the past two seasons, Walding has struggled horribly at the major league level, striking out 14 times in 19 at-bats and picking up just one hit for a .053 average.

At one time, Walding was considered a decent third base prospect in the organization and hit a combined 13-62-.269 at Clearwater and Reading in 2016. That fall, the Phillies sent him to the Arizona Fall League where he hit .286 in 19 games. Last season, Walding was at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, posting a line of 19-65-.265 in 119 games with the IronPigs.

With Walding off of the 40-man roster, he is set to become a minor league free agent and will likely not return to the Phillies organization. The Phillies drafted Walding in the fifth round of the 2011 Draft out of St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, CA.

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